Hard Rock Hell

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Hard Rock Hell is a three day music festival that takes place in Pontin's Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales. The festival (also known as HRH) is organised by the same people behind the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip, and also team up with music magazine Metal Hammer to run Hammerfest.

Rumours

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Lineup

2013 is Headlined by Ugly Kid Joe (Ace Frehley has pulled out), Buckcherry headline Sunday, and Sebastian Bach headlines Friday Night, plus Testament, Soil, Attica Rage, Domenica, Kobra and The Lotus, Breed 77, The Quireboys, Spiders, Buffalo Summer, IAMI, Tigertailz, Savage, Stray, Pig Iron, Slam Cartel, Trucker Diablo, Little Caesar, Gravedigger, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Dr Feelgood, The Dogs D'amour, Dan Baird, Skinny Molly, Electric Boys, Primal Fear, Jettblack, Dawn Trader, Tytan, More, Soldier, Overdrive, Gaskin, Chasar, Handsome Beasts, La Guns, Electric Mary, Die So Fluid, Circus Town, The Burning Crows, Havana Rocks, Vicious Rumours, Graveyard, Ten, Dante Fox, Serpentine, Night By Night, and more.

Vibe

Seen as the final festival celebration of the year for metal-heads, a predominantly British audience travel to catch a mixed selection of rock and metal in the North Wales Pontin's branch. With each year promoted through a different theme, it is not unusual to see people dressed up..

Stages and other entertainment

Apart from the music you can also enjoy hiring pedal karts and bikes, as well as an arcade area on site, the Prestayn town centre is only a short walk away.

Tickets

It's important to bear in mind that HRH is a ticketless festival, when booked online you will need to print out your booking confirmation with you unique booking reference, and bring it to the event with a form of ID.

There is an option each year to pay using the deposit scheme, but deposits of £51 must be made before the end of September, and participants must contact the festival on 08700 110034 to make payments.

If you lose your wristband or laminate it can be replaced, however there is a charge of £40 that will be issued once you have shown your ID.

VIP

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Children

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Disability Access

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Weather

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Location

The official address for the HRH site is Pontin's Resort, Prestatyn Sands, LL19 7LA. North Wales.

Local Information

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Travel

By Car/Coach

For coach details you will need to visit the National Express website for details on how to get to Prestatyn.

If you are travelling by car the car park is free, however those staying for the weekend will be issued a sticker which you will need to write on contact details should you need to move your care.

Day ticket holders are allowed to park outside the site but that is dependant on space availability.

When you reach the end of the M56 (Junction 16), you will need to follow the A550/A55 for North Wales. From there you then join the A5848 road at Queensferry which takes you to Prestatyn. When approaching the town over the railway bridge, you need to take the first right onto Barkby Avenue where the centre can be found.

By Train

The closest train station is Prestatyn which has a taxi rank at the station, alternatively the Pontin's site is 15 minutes walk from the station.

By Plane

The closest airports are Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, however you may need to get a train or coach from those airports.

Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

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Site Information

Opening and closing times:

For those who have purchased VIP access or pre-party access, check-in begins at 5pm on the Thursday. Regular ticket check-in begins at midday on the Friday of the event.

Guests with regular tickets are expected to leave the site at midday on Sunday, however VIP and Silver and Gold accommodation can checkout from 3pm onwards.

Express checkout is an option should you want to leave when you are ready, however any damages found will be charged to your card.

To avoid this, you can ask for a security officer to check your room on the day, and your card authorisation will be released.

The main arena itself shuts at around 2am each night.

Photography and Filming:

As with most festivals a digital camera for personal use is allowed, however for larger cameras and video camera, you are asked to contact 0870 011 0034 for special permission.

Flyering on site:

Self promoting and flyering is not allowed without permission, those found doing so will be asked to leave the immediately.

Internet Access:

Wi-fi can be accessed in the main Weekender building, however there is a charge.

First-aid

There is a medic on site whose number will not only be displayed at all times, but can be contacted by security and reception staff.

Food and drink

Although food and drink will be sold on site, you are allowed to bring as much food as you like, however there is a limit on alcohol.

The limit allows you to choose one of the following options:

  • 36 Cans of beer or cider per person.
  • 3 litres of wine or spirits.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Mobile Apps

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Trivia

The first Hard Rock Hell was held at the Minehead branch of Butlins in 2007, with Cradle of Filth and Twisted Sister amongst the head liners.

The festival faced issues when Pontin's holiday homes went into administration, but was thankfully bought by the Britannia Hotels Group in January 2011.

Past lineups

The 2011 programme features Girlschool, Praying Mantis, Magnum, Therapy?, Ace Frehley and Black Stone Cherry. For details of the full line-up click here.. If you are interested in the past line-up highlights click here